Glassy dynamics as a consequence of the equilibrium liquid to solid transition

School of Physics Hard Condensed Matter Seminar: Prof. Zohar Nussinov,  Washington University - St. Louis

We will review the underpinning of the micro-canonical ensemble and the more refined (and explicitly quantum) "Eigenstate Thermalization Hypothesis". We will then find and apply a simple corollary of these to analyze the evolution of a liquid upon supercooling to form a structural glass.

Simple theoretical considerations lead to predictions for general properties of supercooled liquids. Amongst other things, a collapse of the viscosity of glass formers is predicted from this theory. This collapse indeed occurs over 16 decades of relaxation times for all known types of glass formers.

Event Details


  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Howey N110
Phone: 404-894-8886
Fee(s): Free

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